Product Type: Vivid Imaginations Doll
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Goodnight my Cottonsocks.....
Vivid Imaginations Fifi and the Flowertots Lullaby Fifi
Member Name: mumto3
Vivid Imaginations Fifi and the Flowertots Lullaby Fifi
Date: 11/12/08, updated on 12/12/08 (268 review reads)
Advantages: Cute, cuddly, recognisable character and voice
Disadvantages: LR44 batteries - fiddly innards!
Last Christmas (2007) My then three year old Daughter wanted nothing more than a Lullaby Fifi. Everyone who dared to ask what she was going to ask Santa for was told the same thing "Lullaby Fifi and Cottonsocks". Even when she met the main man himself the only thing she asked for was Fifi.
Luckily Santa got the message and on Christmas day there was Lullaby Fifi and her cuddly little friend Cottonsocks. My daughter was so excited and pleased with her new toy she held on to it all day.
Fifi and the Flowertots is a programme for pre-school age children shown on channel 5 in the mornings. We don't often watch channel 5 but had seen it while away on holiday and my Daughter had really enjoyed the programme and remembered the characters. When I suggested that My Daughter had a look in the Argos catalogue for some ideas for Father Christmas she found a whole section of Fifi and the Flowertots themed toys and for some reason decided that the Lullaby Fifi was the toy for her.
Lullaby Fifi is aimed at children of age 2 years and over and as the programme is geared towards a similar aged audience I would say this is about right. As far as I can see there is nothing that could cause any hazards to a younger child apart from her eyes which may be chewed off although I think this is highly unlikely.
Fifi measures 36cm tall and is a soft bodied doll. She cannot stand or sit without support, her arms are quite stiff but her legs are very floppy. Her head is quite large compared to her body but this is just like the character on the television programme. Fifi is all dressed for bed in her pick shortie pyjamas and matching slippers. There is a big flower on the front of her top which glows in the dark but this is only very feint and hardly noticeable. When you squeeze or press her tummy her cheeks glow and she sings a short Lullaby:
Goodnight my Cottonsocks
Time to close your eyes
Sweet dreams be yours tonight
I'll sing a lullaby
than after a short paused if she is not pressed or activated again she says "night night".
The voice is very similar to the characters voice which I was pleased about because we have other toys that do not sound anything like they do on the television programmes.
Fifi comes with her cuddly white rabbit Cottonsocks who is small enough to be held by Fifi and is also just a soft toy with floppy limbs. Cottonsocks does not have any other purpose than being Fifi's sleeping companion and does not speak or light up. Fifi does have Velcro on her hands to keep hold of Cottonsocks but she is very careless with him and I have often been called in the early hours because "Cottonsocks has gone".
My Daughter loved Fifi and Cottonsocks and they were here favourite bedtime snuggle toy until Fifi's batteries started to run down and she started slurring and sounding a bit butch. Fifi needs 3 x LR44 button cell batteries which is annoying because they come in packs of 2. AA batteries would have been much more convenient because we always have those sized batteries in the house.
Fifi's battery pack in inside her torso and can be reached through a small opening in her back. Unfortunately this is a very tight fit and I couldn't manage to get the battery pack completely out. This is very fiddly and awkward but I eventually managed to replace the three batteries that she came with for fresh new ones. This is where my problem started because instead of sounded like a old drunk Fifi refused to utter a sound. I put the old batteries back in and she started singing again. I decided that I had been sold dud batteries and vowed to buy some more.
After a few weeks I remembered about poor old slurring Fifi and decided to have another try with the batteries that I already had. After much fiddling about with her innards I found that the new batteries were slightly slimmer than Fifi's existing batteries! I don't know why this is as they were LR44 batteries just a different make! Anyway I packed out the battery pack with some blu-tack to hold the batteries down so that they would connect properly and Fifi has been restored to her former loveliness!
Unfortunately my Daughter has tired a little of Fifi and no longer insists that she cannot sleep without her. Although I think this is sad for Fifi I am pleased not to be woken at 3am by Fifi's dulcet tones because she has been inadvertently squeezed by a sleeping child or for my moonlit Cottonsock hunts!
I would recommend Lullaby Fifi to any little girls who love Fifi and the Flowertots as she is really cute and is a lovely representation of the television character.
Summary: A beautiful bedtime companion for little girls
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